Today, I’m happy to welcome Erin Fanning back to my blog with her new release, BLOOD STITCHES. You might recall this fabulous cover being splashed on my blog before, but now the book has officially been released, and Erin has dropped by to answer a few questions. Whether you’re a writer, reader or both, I think you’ll find her post interesting.
She’s also got a giveaway going on for a $20 Amazon gift card, so be sure to check out the Rafflecopter link at the bottom!
Over the past several months, I’ve received lots questions from friends and family about my novella Blood Stitches. It seems like the top three are always the same, sort of universal questions about writing:
How do you come up with your ideas?
I spend a lot of time outdoors–biking, hiking, skiing, and kayaking–so I’m heavily influenced by nature. Current events and everyday encounters often get stuck in my imagination. Turkey vultures perched along the road look like a coven of witches or an ordinary tapestry resembles an opening to another world.
These story ideas churn around in my brain for days, months, sometimes years, until they practically force their way out through my fingertips. Next I jot down several paragraphs or pages, whatever I can. Then I take a breath and make a rough outline of the plot and characters, filling in the blanks, and reworking it as I go.
When do you find time to write?
I’m lucky in the sense that my “regular” job as an online editor for a global information provider, searching the web for international financial news, allows me to work from home. So I often find time to write during the morning, but even though my schedule has more flexibility than most people, I still have to be disciplined. I’m the Queen of Procrastination and Distraction!
How long did it take you to write Blood Stitches?
Along with being the Queen of Procrastination and Distraction, I’m also possibly the slowest writer on the planet. I’m in awe of authors that seem to whip out two books each year. I started writing Blood Stitches several years ago and then put it aside. About two years ago, I picked it up again and finally finished it.
I love Erin’s take on where she gets her ideas from. That’s definitely a writer’s mind at work. And although she may consider her writing turnaround on the slow side, I’ve no doubt the results are well worth waiting for. See for yourself:
Blurb for Blood Stitches:
Love and danger intertwine…
It’s called El Toque de la Luna—The Touch of the Moon. At least that’s how nineteen-year-old Gabby’s older sister, Esperanza, refers to the magical powers she inherited from their Mayan ancestors. Esperanza says women with El Toque weave magic into their knitting, creating tapestries capable of saving—or devastating—the world. Gabby thinks Esperanza is more like touched in the head—until a man dressed like a candy corn arrives at their Seattle home on Halloween. But “Mr. C” is far from sweet…
Soon, Gabby and her almost-more-than-friend, Frank, find themselves spirited away to a demon ball, complete with shape shifters—and on a mission to destroy Esperanza’s tapestries before they cause an apocalyptic disaster… And before it’s too late to confess their true feelings for each other.
Purchase Blood Stitches from:
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About the author:
Erin Fanning spends her summers on a northern Michigan lake, where her imagination explores the water and dense forest for undiscovered creatures. In the winter, she migrates to central Idaho, exchanging mountain bikes and kayaks for skis and snowshoes. She’s the author of a mountain biking guidebook, as well as numerous articles, essays, and short stories.
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Thanks for hosting me!
Nice to have you back, Erin. Wishing you great success with Blood Stitches!
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Thank you, Georgina! Those reblogs are much appreciated!! 🙂
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I’m intrigued by the tapestry idea and saving the world. No wonder you’re asked about your ideas. Best of luck with the story and checking out the Rafflecopter.
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I always find it interesting to see how another author’s mind works. Isn’t it amazing how we conjure ideas of things others only see as commonplace? Thanks for visiting and checking out Erin’s release, Stanalei!
Thank you for the great giveaway!!
Thank you for visiting my blog, Danielle!
Yes, isn’t life, indeed the greatest source of inspiration? The blurb and cover caught my attention. I am so fond of everything mystique. Best of luck with the release!
Thanks for visiting, Carmen. Isn’t the cover utterly gorgeous? As you said, it really captures your attention.
Fascinating. I love the idea of the tapestries. I like to know how other authors work and how inspiration strikes them. Good luck with the new book, Erin. I’m sure folk will love it.
Thank you for visiting, Daisy. I find he idea of tapestries fascinating, too. I’m glad you enjoyed Erin’s visit on my blog.
I can’t wait to read this story. I enjoyed both the book trailer and the music. The book cover is gorgeous.
That sounds like a triple into a home run, Juana! 🙂 So delighted to have you drop by and check out Erin’s new release!
I thought I was the slowest writer on the planet lol. So glad to meet you, Erin. The book catches my fancy, and I love the title. I know we’ll all enjoy it. Congrats!
Thanks for visiting, Flossie. It is a most unusual title, isn’t it? It certainly makes you stop and take notice. And that cover—wow!
What a great book idea- I love that it has Mayan roots! For some reason anything Mayan related always peaks my interest.
Hello, Ameila and thank you for visiting. Mayan mythology is so rich with legend. I find it fascinating, too!
That cover is stunning. I’m also a queen of procrastination. Congrats of finishing this book, Erin, and releasing it to the world.
Can’t wait to read this book and share it with my niece!